Police Issue Warning to Sonko's Supporters

  • Police have issued a stern warning to anyone intending to have a demonstration following Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko's arrest on Friday, December 6, 2019.

    In a statement signed by National Police Service Director of Corporate Communications Charles Wahong'o, Sonko's supporters were cautioned against causing unrest in the city.

    "We would wish to inform the public that we have reports that a group of individuals is mobilizing to cause civil unrest.

    "The general public is, therefore, warned that persons intending to assemble, demonstrate, or picket must do so with respect and adherence to the law," read the statement.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during his arrest on Friday, December 6, 2019.

    Further, the police assured the public that the governor's arrest would be processed in accordance with the law.

    "Kenyans should remain calm and not be intimidated by the social media messages in circulation," an excerpt from the statement read.

    On Friday, December 6, the Nairobi governor was arrested together with his co-accused.

    According to the police, the governor obstructed the officers from conducting their duties by being unruly and violent during the arrest.

    "In the process, he assaulted and injured the senior police officer leading the team and damaged media equipment," NPS informed.

    The governor's communications team stated the county chief was tortured by police officers and urgently needed medication.

    Sonko’s lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui called for the arrest of a police officer who was captured on camera mishandling the city governor.

    “It is embarrassing that this happened to our beloved governor who now urgently needs medication because of the inhumane way he was treated by rogue police officers,” read a statement by Sonko's lawyer.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who was arrested on Friday, December 7, allegedly escaping to Tanzania FILE